2017-08-11 / Community

Vet steps in to help crash victims

Good Samaritan cleared biker’s airway
By Hector Gonzalez

Separate crashes Monday on the 101 Freeway left two motorcyclists with major injuries, officials said.

In the first incident, which occurred around 11:40 a.m. in Camarillo, the rider of a BMW bike rammed into the rear of a pickup truck stopped in the middle lane of the northbound 101 just south of Camarillo Springs Road on the Conejo Grade, California Highway Patrol Officer Marco Marin said.

The unidentified motorcyclist was transported to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks with serious injuries, he said.

Hours later, at around 2:35 p.m. in Newbury Park, CHP officers responded to another motorcycle accident on the 101 North just south of Wendy Drive. The unidentified man drove his bike into the rear of a Toyota SUV and suffered major injuries, Marin said.

The motorcyclist was lying on his back on the freeway when CHP officers arrived. He was also taken to Los Robles, Marin said.

No arrests were made in the two collisions, the officer said.

U. S. Army veteran Ted Fourqurean, 44, called the Acorn on Monday to report that he arrived at the scene of the crash near Wendy Drive “20 seconds” after it happened. He was returning from Los Angeles to his home in Carpinteria via the 101 and immediately stopped to help.

“There was a Toyota with two teens and a mom inside and they were OK, but the motorcyclist looked pretty bad,” Fourqurean said. “He was covered in blood, and there was a 5-foot stream of blood coming from his body.”

Fourqurean said the motorcyclist was “a big-old guy” who looked to be in his mid-50s. He was unconscious and Fourqurean, a combat vet who served in Iraq, initially thought he was deceased.

“He wasn’t breathing . . . so the first thing that came to me was my training,” Fourqurean said.

He cleared the man’s airway with a finger, dislodging “a chunk of blood.” After that, the man started breathing, Fourqurean said.

“I was just about to give up on him when he took a big-old gasping breath,” he said. “I put my hand on his chest and prayed for him.”

The first CHP officers to arrive at the scene confirmed to Marin that two men were already there assisting the motorcyclist, but the officers couldn’t confirm whether Fourqurean was one of the two good Samaritans, Marin said.

Return to top